Belarus’ CEC satisfied with preliminary findings of OSCE election observation mission

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April 22, 2016 19:33

Belarus’ Central Election Commission is satisfied with the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE election observation mission which were released yesterday, CEC chairperson Lidia Yermoshina told reporters, BelTA has learned. "I can say that the Central Election Commission is satisfied with the OSCE mission findings on the observation of the election," noted Lidia Yermoshina.

 

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